Annual training must be completed by:

  • Employees of state agencies who use a computer to complete at least 25 percent of the employee’s required duties as well as elected or appointed officers of the state agency.
  • Employees of local government entities who have access to a local government computer system or database, as well as elected officials of local government entities.
  • Contractors of state agencies who have access to a state computer system or database must complete training during the term of the contract and during any renewal period.

The Alterity Cybersecurity Awareness program supports requirements of the Section 2054.519(b) Course Certification Checklist in the following ways:

  • Assessments are provided with each module and require a minimum passing score of 80%.
  • Assessments are based on best practices and techniques for building strong security habits and following recommended procedures to protect information resources.
  • We focus on helping leaners detect or identify basic information security threats and report basic information security threats in accordance with best practices.
  • Each module provides proof of completion through an online course completion certificate, email confirmation and transcript record available for administrator review and reporting.

Our training materials and related services are developed with industry experts to ensure learners understand:

  • What “information security” means
  • The types of information that must be protected
  • Best practices to safeguarding confidential and protected information
  • How to protect against unauthorized use of or access to information, information systems and secure facilities or locations
  • Best practices for securing, storing and disposing of sensitive or confidential information
  • How to identify, respond to and report common threats and types of attacks against information security

Local Texas government agencies that already employ a dedicated information resources cybersecurity officer can file a form directly with the Department of Information Resources (DIR) stating their designated training program meets statutory requirements. In this scenario, training program certification is not required.

The NICE Framework is a national-focused resource that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work as it applies to public, private and academic sectors. As an education provider, we have used the NICE Framework as a reference when developing the curriculum, courses and additional services provided through our program.

Our program is designed to meet requirements for certification under Section 2054.519(b) of the Texas Government Code. Learn more about House Bill (HB) 3834 (86R) and cybersecurity awareness training certification requirements for state agencies, local governments and contractors.